Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1) by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

Can she write a world gone wrong?A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to ...

Details Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

TitleInk, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2.5 stars. Ok let me start with leaving the book description here because HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND: "A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptolo...
  • Lisa
    ETA: So glad I picked this up. The action picked up immediately, and I saw new depth with the characters. Plus, wow, some surprises that I'm still reeling from!
  • Rachael
    One of my least favorite things in the world is when I read a book that I self-hyped so much in my mind and then the actual product monumentally disappoints. And Ink, Iron, and Glass is the PERFECT example, so I guess it's good for something after all :')What makes it worse is that this book has the kind of concept that could work on pretty much any medium. A steampunk novel where the main character is a character in a world that became sentient?...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This co...
  • Ishmeen
    3.5/5 stars!!! The world building in this book is absolutely amazing y’all and the plot was just so unique?? what a nice change from your typical YA fantasy honestly bless 👏🏻 I wouldn’t say I loved this book since the characters and complexity of the plot could use some work but I hope that’s what the next books in the series are for ~
  • SilverWolfReads
    NO NO NO, HOLY MOTHER OF PLOT TWISTS.MY POOR HEART.I'm writing this review STRAIGHT AWAY after completing 'Ink, Iron and Glass' by Gwendolyn Clare, and I'm in complete utter agony.This book was gripping, delicious and delightfully entertaining - it pulled me in from the very first page and demanded that I rarely put it down (oops, sorry University work - you'll have to wait!). It was engaging in a way that most of the books I've read recently hav...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    A vibrant creative alternate world with mechanists, alchemists, and scriptologists populating the streets of an alt-Pisa and even stranger worlds beyond (view spoiler)[and in? (hide spoiler)] that. A rich and inventive story; some of the finer magical aspects may be unexplained but the excellent characters and the strong plotting compensate. There is a lot of imagination at play here and I also super enjoyed this various dispositions of this cast...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2.5 starsElsa lives in a world made by her mother through the scientific branch of scriptology where a person can write new worlds.But, when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must travel to the real world--historical 19th-century Italy--where she finds a secret society of young people with gifts like her own in scriptology, as well as mechanics and alchemy. On the way, she meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a ...
  • Aila
    3.5 starsI enjoyed Ink, Iron, and Glass! It comes off as a bit of a quieter historical fantasy, but it promises nonstop adventure and a cast of delightful characters that work together to pretty much save the world. The setting was pretty extraordinary: we’re looking at the Victorian era of Italy, around the late 1800’s, where Italian unification is taking place. While the book isn’t exactly historically accurate, it does follow some of the...
  • Livia
    I really enjoyed the story. it was a concept I haven't read before. I can't wait for the next one!
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    This book is super hard for me to rate because it's somewhere between 4 to 5 stars. It has a brilliantly conceived world and the world building is superb (and not something I usually harp on or care about). It's a quiet book, doesn't have a lot of flashy plot twists, but there's just something about it. The main character is super relatable to me, and she has a fascinating personality and limitations that she has to grow from. The character arcs ...
  • Jelena Milenković
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsI really enjoyed this action-packed XIXth century (PLUS IT’S MOSTLY SET IN ITALY, IN TUSCANY NO LESS 😍) steampunk book.Admittedly, after reading that blurb, I expected something a little bit different, but this wasn’t bad either.It’s just - we don’t get to see so much, we are introduced to bunch of new stuff and are still unsure of how exactly they work or anything. Casa and that little tentacle monster - Skan...
  • TJ Burns
    Wow! Yes! This is my kind of book! Intelligent, clever, creative, and action-packed story line; intriguing and diverse characters, who experience personal growth; interesting, clever, and at times witty dialogue; surprises and unexpected twists - everything I look for in a YA fantasy!I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Rian *fire and blood*
    DNF at 40%Sorry guys but I just COULD NOT get into this. I didn't care about the missing mother, the 'mad people', and honestly the whole thing. I'm sorry. So sorry. I just wanted to love this so profoundly but I just found it so 'meh'. Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this and best of luck to Gwendolyn Clare.
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.A slow start but an amazing finish. Definitely check this one out when it hits shelves in a couple weeks! Plus see my blog tour stop on February 19th on Books and Ladders!
  • Rowan Meklemburg
    Warning: Might contain spoilers.First off, I know they say 'Don't judge a book by it's cover" but I need to give some credit for the gorgeous cover art. i loved it on first glance and that was really what made me pick this up.Don't get me wrong, the story itself sounded alright too. But that cover though. Either way, I picked this via a random number generator fro my list of TBR. I was pretty excited, not suffering from any book hangovers, and we...
  • Kara
    I tried, you guys. I really did. Part of me still actually wants to attempt to finish this book because I read so much of it (176 pages) but I can't. If I'm not enjoying it by now, I just don't believe I ever will be.So what went wrong? I just found this book boring, and the action was incredibly slow. There were brief scenes here and there where things picked up, like the train and the assassin, but they were so short and then there would be a w...
  • Lisa
    Ink, Iron, and Glass takes place in an alternate version of the Italian city-states in the mid-late 1800’s. BUT. It also partly takes place in a world called Veldana, a world that is completely made up, written into being by someone known as a scriptologist – a person that can literally write things into reality. Scriptologists, along with mechanists and alchemists, make up a group of people known as pazzerellones – extremely gifted mad sci...
  • FloeticFlo
    I was definitely intrigued by this book as soon as I read the summary. It was a fast read -- I read the entire thing over the course of two sessions, which is something I haven't done in awhile.The style of writing is definitely different. I can't describe it, exactly, but it's very .... matter-of-fact. Succinct, maybe? I think the reason this is so jarring is because it is in contrast to the world being described. Fantasy writing tends to be bea...
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    Y'all, This. Book. Is. Bombdiggity. I loved the steampunk twist to 19th century Italy. It was based off of real history and I find it fascinating when authors do that! They kind of make an alternate history if you will. Very unique story plot with great character growth, especially in the main character, Elsa. At the beginning she was a major loner who was taught not to need or rely on anyone. She slowly starts to realize that it's okay to trust ...
  • Annalee
    I enjoyed this book but there were a few flaws. RTC on my blog, Buttons Book Reviews.
  • Anna Kuchina
    It is a book with an interesting concept where the worlds which are written can become real. However, it contains many issues. 1. The writing style. There are too many repetitions. Some expressions are repeated on one page several times. Sometimes one idea is reformulated in several paragraphs, but they don't contribute to its development.Why does she call her mother by her name? Also, constant alterations between the words "mother" and "Jumi" di...
  • Emma
    With the right tools--a special pen, specific ink--the right person can create an entire world thanks to the science of scriptology. Detailed manuals, called worldbooks, outline the parameters of the world from how gravity works there to whether or not the air is breathable.There are no limits to how complex a worldbook can be--something scriptologists and the world at large learned when Charles Montaigne created Veldana--the first populated worl...
  • Jessica
    It feels like Clare had a general idea of what she wanted to write in Ink, Iron and Glass. Perhaps even a set of rough character sketches, since the characters are fairly well fleshed out. It just didn't feel like it was ever hammered into anything solid. There were a lot of fabulous concepts in this story but, truth be told, they didn't follow a cohesive path. For instance, worldbooks were a really cool concept to me. The ability to create an en...
  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    It's the best feeling when a book you knew sounded excellent proves you right! My excitement for Ink, Iron, and Glass is 100% justified. It's a fresh and fascinating read.The worldbuilding is magnificent! The story thrived on the three sciences. Scriptology, mechanics and alchemy took us to so many different places. The unknown was scary yet thrilling. So inventive. I kn0w nothing about the time period but really loved the setting and the politic...